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Holly Sonders leaving Golf Channel for Fox Sports

By John Strege

Holly Sonders, a popular host of Golf Channel’s "Morning Drive" show, is leaving the network to join Fox Sports as a golf reporter and sideline reporter on NFL games, according to a Golf Channel source.

Sonders reached an impasse on contract negotiations with Golf Channel, for whom she has worked since January, 2011. At Golf Channel, she also was a regular on “Playing Lessons with the Pros.”

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Holly Sonders playing in the Humana Challenge earlier this year. (Getty Images photo)

A Golf Channel spokesman said only, "We wish her the best in her future endeavors," and had no further comment.

A four-year member of the women’s golf team at Michigan State, Sonders came to Golf Channel from KATV in Little Rock, Ark., for which she was a news and sports reporter. She began her career in Columbus, Ohio, as a contributor to the live weekly show, “The Average Joe Sports Show,” on WBNS-10.

Sonders appeared on the cover of Golf Digest’s fitness issue in May, 2013.

Related: Photos: Holly Sonders Cover Shoot

Fox Sports will begin televising United States Golf Association events, including the U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open, in 2015, the first year of a 12-year contract.

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